Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Tesco "climbdown"?

I blogged recently about the new Tesco on Holmefield Road wanting to get longer hours for alcohol sales.

The shop had got permission to sell beers, wines and spirits from 7 am to 10 pm seven days a week.

Residents had argued against this on the grounds of previous anti social behaviour linked to alcohol sales at the same location and I put in an objection on those grounds.  The licence went ahead following Tesco argments about local responsibility.

Then, just a few weeks later we found that having got the license Tesco had applied to make the hours longer.  Whatever you think about the rights and wrongs of a license here, this is rather sneaky  and made many residents very angry.

Well the news today is that Tesco has said it is withdrawing the application.  A representative on the site said it had been " a mistake" although given the forms that have to be filled in when you make a licensing application it's a very odd mistake.

I had actually sent my objection in earlier this week but I am pleased that Tesco has withdrawn and so won't be forcing residents to go to another committee meeting.

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